Remember when Elliot Smith performed at the Oscars in 1998 and everyone was all, "WTF?" His fans were all, "Dude, so is he like mainstream now? Oh. Man. I dunno. Let's start a grad program at Evergreen State to study this phenomenon." And the rest of America was all, "Elliot who? Nice suit, weirdo."
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And that was the first time that anything but utter crap was performed during an Oscar broadcast. Even though Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" -- rather than Smith's "Miss Misery" -- predictably won best original song that year, Smith's performance gave us a glimmer of hope that a brighter future might be on the way movie music. But aside from Three 6 Mafia's pimptastic victory in 2006, little has changed. Ahead of the awards ceremony on Sunday, Oscar music continues to be dominated by milquetoast commercial ballads and Randy Fucking Newman. More »